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Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN)
Breast cancer is increasingly becoming the leading cause of death of Nigerian women. Whereas the deaths of prominent Nigerians make news headlines, countless unknown Nigerian women in their small corners are dying needlessly from this disease that the advances in medical research is proving survivable even curable.
Fig.3: Advanced breast cancer spreads Fig.4. Advanced breast cancer
to the head.
Late presentation due to ignorance is our main headache in the fight against breast cancer in Nigeria. Most often, breast cancer sign is a painless lump. A woman finds this painless lump and breast cancer does not cross her mind because “it is not her portion”. She carries on with her life until she begins to feel pain which is a sign of advanced breast cancer. The most annoying, so pervasive and deeply entrenched perception is the belief that breast cancer is caused by juju or spiritual attack which is largely responsible for the huge patronage to prayer houses.If you care to know, this false belief that you can pray away lump is sending many Nigerian women at the peak of their productive lives to the graves at an alarming rate. How else can one put it across for Nigerians to pay attention and reason? May be in capitals – YOU CANNOT PRAY AWAY BREAST CANCER!